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May 2016


"Ask and Agency" Networking Event

Date/Time: 5/5/2016, 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Location: The Huxley Learning Center, 1551 Highway 210, Huxley, IA 50124
Notes: This 2-hour session will provide companies interested in doing business with the government an overview of the different government entities in Central Iowa. Walk away with specific details on agency requirements, what and how they buy, and agent contact information. There will be an opportunity to participate in round-table discussions with the City of Ames, Department of Administrative Services, Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Air National Guard, Iowa State University, & Des Moines Area Community College.

CIRAS overview Lunch and Learn

Date/Time: 5/10/2016, 12PM - 1:30PM
Location: Cedar Rock Grille, 1523 14th St Rock Valley, IA 51247
Notes: CIRAS Overview Lunch & Learn in conjunction with Rock Valley Economic Developer. Join Derek Thompson and members of IEDA and Northwest Iowa Communicty College for lunch at Cedar Rock Grille. Contact David Miller at dave@cityofredrockvalley.com to register. The event is free, but pre-registration is required.

Regional ExporTech Workshop - Session 2 of 3

Date/Time: 5/10/2016, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location: La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce, 601 7th Street N. La Crosse, WI 54601
Notes: ExporTech™ is the only national export assistance program that offers a structured yet customizable, process that guides companies through every aspect of export growth. At the completion of the program, each company will have developed its own international growth plan and accelerated their export sales process. CIRAS at Iowa State University is pleased to partner with the University of Wisconson - Stout, Enterprise Minnesota, the U.S. Commercial Service and other partners to offer a Regional ExporTech with companies from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconson in attendance. The Regional ExporTech workshop will be held on April 5th, May 10th and June 14th in LaCrosse, WI. If you are interested to learn more or would like to apply to participate in the program please contact Marc Schneider at CIRAS (maschn@iastate.edu).

GovCon 101

Date/Time: 5/10/2016, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session.

LeanWise SE

Date/Time: 5/11/2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Vermeer, Pella IA
Notes: Session 3 of 6 An opportunity to develop strengths (knowledge, skills and talents) to fully fill your role in the driver's seat A safe place to share challenges and opportunities Unvarnished advice from a group of trusted peers. A group that understands your world and can help you guide through it. A certified facilitator to help you find you own answers to challenges before you. Each session includes a Lean/Continous Improvement related presentation, facility tour, facilitated sharing and lunch. To Join and/or for more information contact Holly Mueggenberg, Member Programs Coordinator, Iowa ABI, 515.235.0572 hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org

Midwest Small Business Pre-Symposium Event

Date/Time: 5/11/2016, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: Bettendorf Public Library, Kelinson Room, 2950 Learning Campus Dr, Bettendorf IA 52722
Notes: Join CIRAS PTAP at this kickoff event to the Midwest Small Business Symposium scheduled May 25th-26th at the iWireless Center. At this pre-symposium event, we will prep participants on how to maximize their time spent at the symposium. We will review such things as: What is an Advanced Planning Brief to Industry? What does it mean to me? Who are the Matchmaking Prime contractors, and how should I prepare for a Matchmaking session? Who are the Exhibitors at the event, and would they be a good connection to establish for future business opportunities? Capabilities statements-what are they and why are they important at this event? Following the event, one-on-one appointments may be made for assistance with Capability Statements with an ISU CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist. Contact Melissa Burant at mmburant@iastate.edu or Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu for details on scheduling a one-on-one.

Journey to Your Vision

Date/Time: 5/16/2016, 8:00AM - 1:00PM
Location: Titonka Savings Bank, 101 Highway 69 N, Forest City, IA
Notes: Every business faces peaks and valleys as they progress through stages of growth. Do you know what stage your business is in and how you can reach the next level? Attend this valuable one-day seminar to help stack the odds in your favor by understanding the stages of business growth, their unique challenges, and methods to overcome them. Led by Mike Kleis, President - Renaissance Executive Forums of Iowa and Joel Bennett, Lead Consultant - Veel Hoeden Consulting, this “hands-on” event will provide an opportunity to discuss your challenges with other business owners and utilize the collective power of their experience to help you address these barriers head on. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Top decision makers across all business types, including current CEOs, presidents, business owners, and general managers. WHAT YOU’LL GAIN Bring clarity to where you want your business to go. Identify your current stage of growth and navigate your company along its own growth curve. . Understand and uncover the hidden agents that may cause obstacles to your growth. Recognize your top 5 challenges, focus on impact, and create methods to address them. Understand resources available to help you grow.

Theory of Constraints: What is the Goal?

Date/Time: 5/17/2016, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Marshall County Extension Office, Marshalltown
Notes: This event is targeted to those companies that are tired of struggling to use traditional improvement methods to make more money without results or just don't know where to start. The goal of this workshop is to provide you a much clearer path on how to help your company make more money.

Subcontracting Opportunities

Date/Time: 5/17/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This online session will help attendees understand subcontracting opportunities and where these opportunities may be a better “fit” for some companies and industries, as well as a great initial way to build past performance. This session will also help companies understand subcontracting plans, will provide some tactical processes to identify subcontracting opportunities, and will provide an overview of how to effectively perform initial outreach for subcontracting marketing. Prerequisite: It is recommended that you participate in GovCon 101, or have had a one-on-one meeting with a CIRAS Government contracting specialist prior to attending this session. Attending one of our Market Research workshops can also help you determine whether subcontracting is appropriate, but it is not required.

Siouxland Industrial Roundtable

Date/Time: 5/18/2016, 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Location: Marina Inn Hotel and Conference Center, Sioux City, Nebraska
Notes: A luncheon program with speaker William A. Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Contact Mary Koster at mkoster@siouxlandchamber.com or 712.255.7903 to register by May 11, 2016. The cost for the lunch and program is $30 per person.

Supply Chain Risk Management

Date/Time: 5/18/2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Des Moines, State Historical Building, Room Heritage A
Notes: Does a potential disruption in your supply chain keep you up at night? Worried about a key supplier going out of business? Not sure where to start? This workshop will cover the basics of risk management applied to the supply chain. It will teach approaches to identify, prioritize, and handle risk in an easy to use approach. Attendees will start creating their own supplier risk profile during the course and receive all the tools necessary to implement a full program. A must-have for any company beginning the transition to ISO 9001:2015!

Professional Services Partnership and Networking

Date/Time: 5/18/2016, 9AM - 12:00PM
Location: Coralville, U of I Bioventure Center
Notes: Discover the various capabilities and experiences available in Iowa to do business with the government and learn how to maximize relationships. Networking opportunities with potential new suppliers, learn best practices from your peers and build your network and strategic alliances.

GovCon Networking Group

Date/Time: 5/19/2016, 7:30AM - 8:30AM
Location: 149 West Broadway, Council Bluffs
Notes: The intent of this networking group is to provide a venue for companies currently pursuing or interested in pursuing Government contracting to network with other companies in their region as well as discuss Government contracting topics, challenges or news in an open forum setting. CIRAS Government contracting specialists will help facilitate the discussions. Contact Andy Alexander at andyalex@iastate.edu with any questions.

NICC Business Summit

Date/Time: 5/19/2016, 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Location: Hotel Julien, Dubuque, IA
Notes: Now is the time to define your future! Learn what drives employee engagement to maximize results and connect to your workforce. We understand the benefits of an engaged workforce, how it can generate innovation, increase performance and organizational growth — but what really drives employee engagement? Which initiatives are most effective and provide the most impressive results? How can organizations connect to the workforce in a meaningful way? Where do you even begin this process? The Business Summit gives you access to the experience and perspective of hundreds of business professionals facing the same challenges you face, in addition to giving you the tools, strategies, and best practices to compete successfully in today's rapidly changing business environment. The schedule for this action-packed event features high caliber keynotes, small group breakout sessions and a variety of other networking opportunities.

Government Networking Group

Date/Time: 5/20/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: ISU Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Notes: The intent of this networking group is to provide a venue for companies currently pursuing or interested in pursuing Government contracting to network with other companies in their region as well as discuss Government contracting topics, challenges or news in an open forum setting. CIRAS Government contracting specialists will help facilitate the discussions. Contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu with any questions.

Marketing to the Government Session 5: Using Unsolicited Proposals for Marketing

Date/Time: 5/24/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This session reviews the federal government’s policy of encouraging the submission of new and innovative ideas in response to Broad Agency Announcements (BAA), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) topics, Small Business Technology Transfer Research (SBTTR) topics, Program Research and Development Announcements (PR&DA), or any other government-initiated solicitation or program. When the new and innovative ideas do not fall under topic areas publicized under those programs or techniques, the ideas may be submitted as unsolicited proposals.Prerequisite: It is recommended that you attend GovCon 101 and Market Research prior to attending any of the Marketing Modules, but especially sessions 2-5. All of the Marketing Modules can be attended at any time, however likely you will get the most out of the series if you attend them in sequence.

Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium

Date/Time: 5/25/2016, 8am-4pm
Location: iWireless Center, Moline, IL
Notes: Symposium valuable for large and small businesses interested in learning about upcoming opportunities with one or all of the Rock Island Arsenal commands at the Advanced Planning & Briefing to Industry (APBI), attending training sessions on a variety of Government contracting topics and/or networking with other companies and Government agencies. Registration link TBD

June 2016


Product Camp Iowa

Date/Time: 6/3/2016, 9AM - 5PM
Location: Main Street Cedar Falls
Notes: Discover the path from idea to commercialization at Product Camp Iowa! An educationalexperience hosted by industry experts with decades of experience for manufacturers and professional service providers that want to develop their ideas and grow their business!

Preventive Controls Short Course

Date/Time: 6/13/2016 - 6/15/2016, 8:00AM - 5:00PM each day
Location: Iowa State University, Food Sciences Building
Notes: The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation (referred to as the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation) is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “preventive controls qualified individual” who has “successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls”. This course developed by the Food Safety Preventive Control Alliance (FSPCA) is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual.”. This course is three day and provides a certificate of completion after the training.

Regional ExporTech Workshop - Session 3 of 3

Date/Time: 6/14/2016, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location: La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce, 601 7th Street N. La Crosse, WI 54601
Notes: ExporTech™ is the only national export assistance program that offers a structured yet customizable, process that guides companies through every aspect of export growth. At the completion of the program, each company will have developed its own international growth plan and accelerated their export sales process. CIRAS at Iowa State University is pleased to partner with the University of Wisconson - Stout, Enterprise Minnesota, the U.S. Commercial Service and other partners to offer a Regional ExporTech with companies from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconson in attendance. The Regional ExporTech workshop will be held on April 5th, May 10th and June 14th in LaCrosse, WI. If you are interested to learn more or would like to apply to participate in the program please contact Marc Schneider at CIRAS (maschn@iastate.edu).

2016 Taking Care of Business Conference

Date/Time: 6/14/2016 - 6/16/2016
Location: Sioux City, Iowa
Notes: The 2016 Taking Care of Business Conference promises to be unlike any other business program you've ever attended. The 2016 Conference Committee is working hard to provide an event full of new experiences and educational opportunities that will help you grow professionally as an individual and help your company stay current in an ever-changing business climate. Mark your calendars to join us June 14-16 in Sioux City, reserve your hotel room now and watch for more details on how to get involved! January 14th registration opens.

GovCon 101

Date/Time: 6/14/2016, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: GovCon 101 occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/5431843997791563265 This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Hydrochloric Acid & Process Safety Managment (PSM) for the Food Industry and other Manufacturers

Date/Time: 6/16/2016, 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Location: Iowa State University, Memorial Union, Pioneer Room
Notes: This training event will address the compliance requirements for OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.119 process safety management (PSM) for highly hazardous and explosive chemicals for food processing, chemical processors, petroleum refineries and other businesses that must comply with the standard.

Introduction to Agile Development for Manufacturers

Date/Time: 6/22/2016, 8AM - 5PM
Location: Ames, Scheman Building
Notes: Agile development and SCRUM have become the tool of choice in software development, and are now transitioning to be a preferred approach to hardware development. Come learn the basics of Agile and SCRUM in a manufacturing environment.

Bid Proposal Writing Success, Part 2

Date/Time: 6/22/2016, 8:30AM - 9:30AM
Location: ISU Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Notes: In this 2-part session, the first part (1 hour pre-recorded webinar) will give you a general overview of the RFP process. We will explain the difference between RFIs, RFQs, and RFPs and when each type is used. Then we'll discuss 10 tips for writing a successful proposal. After you have listened to the pre-recorded webinar for part 1 at your convenience, you can participate in part 2 in person hands on workshop specifically discussing how to go through and plan for a actual proposal response. Prerequisite: It is recommended that you participate in GovCon 101, or have had a one-on-one meeting with a CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist prior to attending this session. You also will be required to listen to the part 1 pre-recorded webinar.

IDOT I-74 Bridge Design/Reconstruction Project Briefing for Contractors

Date/Time: 6/24/2016, 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Location: ISU Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Notes: This briefing, sponsored by CIRAS, will provide Iowa companies with an opportunity to hear directly from the Iowa DOT regarding the progress and future of the I-74 Bridge project. Contractors will learn up to date information about the specific bid opportunities and upcoming plans for lettings, discuss the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE) and how it pertains to the bridge project, as well as direct information from the Office of Contracts recommendations for contracting with the IDOT on this or other projects.

ISO 9001:2015 Understanding its Impacts on your Quality Program

Date/Time: 6/28/2016, 9AM - 4PM
Location: Ames, Alumni Center, South Ballroom
Notes: Every ISO 9001-registered company will need to comply with this major change to the standard. Understanding what is different is the first step in implementing the updated standard. This workshop will ensure that the processes required by ISO 9001:2015 are in place before re-certification.

ISO 9001:2015 Understanding its Impacts on your Quality Program

Date/Time: 6/29/2016, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Dubuque County Extension Office
Notes: Every ISO 9001-registered company will need to comply with this major change to the standard. Understanding what is different is the first step in implementing the updated standard. This workshop will ensure that the processes required by ISO 9001:2015 are in place before re-certification.

July 2016


GovCon 101

Date/Time: 7/12/2016, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session.

LeanWise SE

Date/Time: 7/13/2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: TBD
Notes: Session 4 of 6 An opportunity to develop strengths (knowledge, skills and talents) to fully fill your role in the driver's seat A safe place to share challenges and opportunities Unvarnished advice from a group of trusted peers A group that understands your world and can help you guide through it A certified facilitator to help you find you own answers to challenges before you Each session includes a Lean/Continous Improvement related presentation, facility tour, facilitated sharing and lunch. To Join and/or for more information contact Holly Mueggenberg, Member Programs Coordinator, Iowa ABI, 515.235.0572 hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org

Sausage and Processed Meats

Date/Time: 7/18/2016 - 7/22/2016, 8am-5pm, last day 8am - Noon
Location: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory
Notes: The short course focuses on the technology of sausage production and other types of meat processing. Topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available. The 2016 course will cover fresh sausage, cooked sausage and dry and semi-dry sausage in addition to section and formed cured meats and whole muscle precooked meats. Production of reduced fat products will be discussed and a special feature will be presentations on “ethnic sausage products.” The course will use a hands-on approach to meat processing. Under the supervision of an instructor, participants will be divided into teams and have the opportunity to formulate and manufacture a processed meat product. Enrollment for this course is limited to 60 so that participants have ample opportunities to interact with speakers and staff and have their questions answered. Iowa State University’s modern Meat Laboratory allows participants to observe demonstrations and gain hands-on experience with the latest technology.

Theory of Constraints: What is the Goal?

Date/Time: 7/20/2016, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Luther College, Decorah
Notes: This event is targeted to those companies that are tired of struggling to use traditional improvement methods to make more money without results or just don't know where to start. The goal of this workshop is to provide you a much clearer path on how to help your company make more money.

Marketing to the Government Session 1: Purpose and Preparation for Government Marketing

Date/Time: 7/26/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This module will set the stage for your Government marketing efforts and define the purpose and the “why” of Government marketing, as well as provide recommendations for preparing your business to market to your Government target customers. In part, the session will discuss understanding how the target agencies do business, your specific marketing message/materials, and other considerations prior to beginning your marketing journey. Prerequisite: It is recommended that you attend GovCon 101 and Market Research prior to attending any of the Marketing Modules, but especially sessions 2-5. All of the Marketing Modules can be attended at any time, however likely you will get the most out of the series if you attend them in sequence.

Manufacturing Leadership Program

Date/Time: 7/31/2016 - 8/5/2016
Location: Ames
Notes: The next generation of leaders will define your company's future. Are they ready? CIRAS has a way to help you take the first step. Contact Mike O'Donnell for an application: modonnll@iastate.edu or 515-509-4379

August 2016


Profitability Analysis of New and Existing Products

Date/Time: 8/4/2016, 9AM - 12:00PM
Location: Webster County Extension Office, Fort Dodge, IA
Notes: This workshop will cover through discussion how to evaluate your current products to identify which ones are most profitable. Additionally, we will discuss how to identify potential sources of profitability when developing new products.

GovCon 101

Date/Time: 8/9/2016, 9:00AM - 10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: GovCon 101 occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/5431843997791563265 This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Subcontracting Opportunities

Date/Time: 8/16/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This online session will help attendees understand subcontracting opportunities and where these opportunities may be a better “fit” for some companies and industries, as well as a great initial way to build past performance. This session will also help companies understand subcontracting plans, will provide some tactical processes to identify subcontracting opportunities, and will provide an overview of how to effectively perform initial outreach for subcontracting marketing. Prerequisite: It is recommended that you participate in GovCon 101, or have had a one-on-one meeting with a CIRAS Government contracting specialist prior to attending this session. Attending one of our Market Research workshops can also help you determine whether subcontracting is appropriate, but it is not required.

Idea to Mass Production in 3 Days

Date/Time: 8/17/2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: TBD - Des Moines
Notes: What if you could go from an idea to production in just 3 days? How would that change your company? Learn how using a combination of digital tools and additive manufacturing can revolutionize your product development process. CIRAS will tell the story of how they went from a series of product ideas to a mass-produced injection molded product in just 3 days, and teach some of the background techniques that can help you pull off similar feats.

Iowa Vendor Conference

Date/Time: 8/23/2016, 9AM - 3PM
Location: Iowa Events Center, Des Moines
Notes: More details to follow soon!

Marketing to the Government Session 2: Reactive vs Proactive

Date/Time: 8/23/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This module will explain in detail various marketing options for responding to agency market research, as well as how to best develop your proactive marketing approaches to the right agency and the right initial entry point at that agency. Prerequisite: It is recommended that you attend GovCon 101 and Market Research prior to attending any of the Marketing Modules 2-5. All of the Marketing Modules can be attended at any time, however likely you will get the most out of the series if you attend them in sequence.

September 2016


GovCon 101

Date/Time: 9/13/2016, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session.

LeanWise SE

Date/Time: 9/14/2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: TBD
Notes: Session 5 of 6 An opportunity to develop strengths (knowledge, skills and talents) to fully fill your role in the driver's seat A safe place to share challenges and opportunities Unvarnished advice from a group of trusted peers A group that understands your world and can help you guide through it A certified facilitator to help you find you own answers to challenges before you Each session includes a Lean/Continous Improvement related presentation, facility tour, facilitated sharing and lunch. To Join and/or for more information contact Holly Mueggenberg, Member Programs Coordinator, Iowa ABI, 515.235.0572 hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org

Marketing to the Government Session 3: Government Tradeshow/Conference Marketing

Date/Time: 9/27/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This module will dive deeper into one specific marketing strategy that all companies should include for their Government marketing; attending Government tradeshows. This session will not only discuss how to identify appropriate options for attendance, but will also discuss in detail how you can best prepare yourself to make the most of your Government tradeshow experience, as a great way to start or continue your Government customer relationships (as well as potential company partner relationships). Prerequisite: It is recommended that you attend GovCon 101 and Market Research prior to attending any of the Marketing Modules 2-5. All of the Marketing Modules can be attended at any time, however likely you will get the most out of the series if you attend them in sequence.

Packing Innovations and Technology

Date/Time: 9/28/2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Notes: Learn about the latest Packing Innovations and Technologies and how to exploit them for your strategic advantage. This will be an interactive and hands-on session.

October 2016


ABI Advanced Manufacturing Conference

Date/Time: 10/4/2016, 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Location: Prairie Meadows
Notes: A can't miss event for Iowa manufacturers and those looking to do business with manufacturers.

Fall 2016 CIRAS Internet Marketing Strategy Boot Camp

Date/Time: 10/4/2016 - 10/6/2016, 10:00am-4:00pm
Location: The Kirkwood Hotel Conference Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
Notes: Join us and discover how to take charge of your website and on-line presence to make it the trule effective marketing tool it has to be. Early Bird Registration ends Friday September 2nd, 2016.

Fall CIRAS Video Marketing Boot Camp

Date/Time: 10/10/2016 - 10/11/2016, 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: The Hotel Kirkwood Conference Center
Notes: Join us and discover how to improve your business with online video marketing! Early Bird Registration ends September 9th, 2016.

GovCon 101

Date/Time: 10/11/2016, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session.

ILC Fall Conference

Date/Time: 10/12/2016 - 10/13/2016, 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Location: Cedar Rapids Marriott
Notes: Save the date! ILC Fall Conference will be held October 12-13, 2016 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. Featuring two keynote speakers (Rich Sheridan and Jeff Liker), breakout session, intensive workshops, exhibitors, and a networking reception.

Packaging Innovations and Technology

Date/Time: 10/12/2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Polk County Extension Office, Altoona, IA
Notes: Learn about the latest packaging innovations and technologies and how to exploit them for your strategic advantage. This will be an interactive and hands-on session.

HACCP Workshop

Date/Time: 10/20/2016 - 10/22/2016, 1:00pm - Noon
Location: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory
Notes: A HACCP workshop will be held at the Iowa State University Meat Laboratory October 20-22, 2016. The course is designed to review the philosophy and principles of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point system and to discuss how to implement HACCP in plants. This HACCP training program is consistent with the intent and scope of the USDA, FSIS regulation.

Marketing to the Government Session 4: B2G Social Media Marketing

Date/Time: 10/25/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This session will also dive deeper into another specific area of marketing strategy, and one that has continued to grow and become more relevant for Government contractors/agencies. The session will explain how the Government uses social media, and how you as a company can capitalize on this and better utilize social media platforms to augment your other marketing strategies. The session will also provide some answers to common company challenges and best practices for moving forward with a social media marketing presence. Most of the discussions in this session can also easily translate to your other business endeavors.Prerequisite: It is recommended that you attend GovCon 101 and Market Research prior to attending any of the Marketing Modules, but especially sessions 2-5. All of the Marketing Modules can be attended at any time, however likely you will get the most out of the series if you attend them in sequence.

November 2016


Basic Sausage Short Course

Date/Time: 11/8/2016, 8:00am - Noon
Location: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory
Notes: With a focus on the technology of sausage processing, short course topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available. Enrollment for this course is limited to 60 so that participants have ample opportunities to interact with speakers and staff and have their questions answered. Iowa State University’s modern Meat Laboratory allows participants to observe demonstrations utilizing the latest technology.

GovCon 101

Date/Time: 11/8/2016, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session.

Succession Planning

Date/Time: 11/8/2016, 11AM - 4PM
Location: Hotel Julien, Dubuque, IA
Notes:

LeanWise SE

Date/Time: 11/9/2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: UnityPoint Health - Trinity Muscatine
Notes: Session 6 of 6 An opportunity to develop strengths (knowledge, skills and talents) to fully fill your role in the driver's seat A safe place to share challenges and opportunities Unvarnished advice from a group of trusted peers A group that understands your world and can help you guide through it A certified facilitator to help you find you own answers to challenges before you Each session includes a Lean/Continous Improvement related presentation, facility tour, facilitated sharing and lunch. For more information contact Holly Mueggenberg, Member Programs Coordinator, Iowa ABI, 515.235.0572 hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org

Subcontracting Opportunities

Date/Time: 11/15/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This online session will help attendees understand subcontracting opportunities and where these opportunities may be a better “fit” for some companies and industries, as well as a great initial way to build past performance. This session will also help companies understand subcontracting plans, will provide some tactical processes to identify subcontracting opportunities, and will provide an overview of how to effectively perform initial outreach for subcontracting marketing. Prerequisite: It is recommended that you participate in GovCon 101, or have had a one-on-one meeting with a CIRAS Government contracting specialist prior to attending this session. Attending one of our Market Research workshops can also help you determine whether subcontracting is appropriate, but it is not required.

Government Networking Group

Date/Time: 11/18/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: ISU Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Notes: The intent of this networking group is to provide a venue for companies currently pursuing or interested in pursuing Government contracting to network with other companies in their region as well as discuss Government contracting topics, challenges or news in an open forum setting. CIRAS Government contracting specialists will help facilitate the discussions. Contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu with any questions.

Marketing to the Government Session 5: Using Unsolicited Proposals for Marketing

Date/Time: 11/22/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This session reviews the federal government’s policy of encouraging the submission of new and innovative ideas in response to Broad Agency Announcements (BAA), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) topics, Small Business Technology Transfer Research (SBTTR) topics, Program Research and Development Announcements (PR&DA), or any other government-initiated solicitation or program. When the new and innovative ideas do not fall under topic areas publicized under those programs or techniques, the ideas may be submitted as unsolicited proposals.Prerequisite: It is recommended that you attend GovCon 101 and Market Research prior to attending any of the Marketing Modules, but especially sessions 2-5. All of the Marketing Modules can be attended at any time, however likely you will get the most out of the series if you attend them in sequence.

December 2016


GovCon 101

Date/Time: 12/13/2016, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session.

January 2017


Cured Meat Short Course

Date/Time: 1/17/2017, 8:00am - Noon
Location: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory
Notes: With a focus on the technology of sausage processing, short course topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available. Enrollment for this course is limited to 60 so that participants have ample opportunities to interact with speakers and staff and have their questions answered. Iowa State University’s modern Meat Laboratory allows participants to observe demonstrations utilizing the latest technology.